On September 22nd, 1862, Lincoln promised to sign an Emancipation Proclamation on New Year's Day. "All persons," Lincoln wrote, "held as slaves within any State in rebellion shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free." But abolitionists were unsure whether he would keep his promise.
Meet the Wizard of Odd. Robert Ripley was a new media star and the most popular man in America.
An African American civil rights leader, Ida B. Wells was born into slavery before becoming a journalist in Memphis.
With data compiled from tens of thousands of sex questionnaires, Alfred Kinsey changed America's views about sex with the Kinsey Reports.
At the height of segregation, an unlikely alliance between a black medical genius and a white surgeon led to a pioneering medical breakthrough.
The women's suffrage movement won the right to vote when the 19th Amendment passed in 1920.
A peanut farmer who rose to become America's 39th president. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.
Football coach Knute Rockne of Notre Dame was a pivotal figure in the sudden rise of sports to a position of power in American culture.
President Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger initiated a secret diplomatic breakthrough with Mao Tse-tung that shocked and changed the world.